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The Notorious Bettie Page Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Intolerably mild
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A wonderful celebration of the legend known as Bettie Page.
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
Beautifully stylized but emotionally flat, "The Notorious Bettie Page" is a confined but enjoyable conception of Bettie Page's brief-but-influential career.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Anton Bitel
June 19, 2007
a subtle, understated study of a complex individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Director Mary Harron and her co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner seem seriously conflicted about the tone of their film.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2007
It is a wondrously entertaining biopic that gives a dazzling insight into a time when the world was ready to embrace the notion of a sex goddess, innocently.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 30, 2006
Visualmente insosso (o jogo entre P&B e cor parece apenas querer chamar a atenção), o filme empalidece tematicamente diante de Kinsey e não retrata Page de maneira particularmente interessante, apesar da ótima performance de Mol.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
December 21, 2006
Men can ogle and evaluate all they want. The film's Bettie is what they've made, but she eludes them.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
The film was directed by Mary Harron from a screenplay she wrote with Guinevere Turner. In the past, these two did substantial work. Now they play, so that audiences may have the double pleasure of enjoying their porn while feeling superior to it.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 29, 2006
Stars Gretchen Mol in a terrific comeback performance as Page, the God-fearing woman from Tennessee who left Nashville for New York, where her aspirations of becoming an actress were interrupted, you might say, by a whip and a ball gag.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 29, 2006
Refreshingly, Mol doesn't play Page as a dumb bunny but as someone who discovered that narrow middle ground between sweetness and sexiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Ruth Williams
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
The Notorious Bettie Page may be nothing but a series of beautiful poses, but audiences will be more than happy with the result.
David Cornelius
September 21, 2006
Watching Mol in action in the title role, it's impossible to imagine anyone else in the part.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
August 4, 2006
A small, strangely sweet tale well told. But this is all about Mol, who puts in a performance that gives her a very early lead on next year's Oscar race.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 3, 2006
Mary Harron's Bettie Page biopic is beautifully shot and features a terrific performance by Gretchen Mol, but it's also frustratingly vague and never gets beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
August 3, 2006
A portrait of the centrefold as a closed book.
August 1, 2006
Harron is not judgemental in her approach, which allows Bettie's sweet nature to shine through. However, there's a nagging dissatisfaction that comes from being too detached from her subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 12, 2006
The episodic script offers basic insight into Page's rise to fame, but it never commits to being either an in-depth biography or a thoughtful examination of her impact on evolving sexual mores of the era.
Full Review
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 11, 2006
Played with great charm and enthusiasm by Gretchen Mol.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 2, 2006
Turns out to be a movie with little to remember despite the precise craft and efforts of its creators. It's as if they worked hard for nothing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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